John F. Kennedy presidential campaign, 1960

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Kennedy for President
JFK campaign pin
Campaign United States presidential election, 1960
Candidate John F. Kennedy
United States Senator from Massachusetts
(1953-1960)

Lyndon B. Johnson
Senate Majority Leader
(1955-1961)
Affiliation Democratic Party
Status Announced: January 2, 1960
Nominated: July 11, 1960
Won election: November 8, 1960
Slogan A Time For Greatness

The 1960 presidential election of John F. Kennedy, a United States Senator from Massachusetts, began on January 2, 1960, when Kennedy formally announced his candidacy for 35th President of the United States, replacing incumbent President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kennedy was nominated by the Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention of 1960, taking place between July 11 and July 15, 1960. On July 15, 1960, Kennedy named Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas as his official running mate. Kennedy and Johnson won the election on November 8, 1960, defeating incumbent Vice President and Republican nominee Richard Nixon, who would later go on to be the 37th President of the United States. Kennedy and Johnson were sworn in as 35th President and 37th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1961 respectively. Kennedy would serve as President of the United States until his death in November 1963.